Six videogames that were overhyped but turned out to be disasters

The video gaming industry is a multi-billion dollar juggernaut which is chock-full of big wig publishers and developers. In today’s day and age, big-budget games are no less than a blockbuster Hollywood movie when it comes to budgets and promotions. Often times publishing houses announce the next ‘big’ project and make bold promises convincing gamers that it will indeed be revolutionary or exceptional.

However, there have been occasions when the games itself failed to deliver, horribly, and fell flat on their faces as they wree released. But thanks to the false promises and hype built up many gamers became victims and paid with their hard-earned money for a product which looked or played nothing like what they were promised with.

Today, we take a look at some of the worst offenders that failed to deliver.

Watch Dogs

Image: Ubisoft

Image: Ubisoft

You might have expected this game to be on this list since the actual gameplay looked so different to the trailers that they released to hype it up. Come on developers, you can’t lie to us like that! Gamers most likely got excited as this was a unique game where you can hack the world, which made a lot of wannabe hackers live the dream.

After the release of the game, gamers realised that the awesome graphics in the trailer were most definitely not featured in the actual game, and the action that was seen in the trailer was nowhere near what was offered in-game.

The game promised to the next big open world game after Grand Theft Auto, but failed miserably at it. However, this doesn’t mean gamers weren’t conned by the clever marketing tactics used by Ubisoft.


Image: Bungie

Image: Bungie

This is a game that everyone must have heard of as it was advertised everywhere. And by everywhere, I mean everywhere. All of this marketing was building up the hype for the game which made a lot of gamers get excited as they could finally play a massive multiplayer online shooter with their friends. After the game finally released, players found out that the game was nothing special and it was your average shooter with a different colour, despite all of the hype.

The game wasn’t bad, but it was nothing like everyone thought it was going to be. After people played the game for a bit, they noticed that the game was very repetitive and you pretty much kill the same things over and over. Players didn’t stick to this game for long as it just couldn’t keep their juices flowing and it went right to the trade bin at GameStop.

Dead Island


Image: Dead Island

Now this was a big disappointment, wasn’t it? The trailer that was released to the public was a lot different than what the actual gameplay was when it finally hit the shelves. The game got repetitive quickly, as all you did was kill zombies or run away from them until they chase you down and kill you. Sounds fun, doesn’t it? Well, not really, as this game was a big fail.

The graphics were pretty poor, and what’s a zombie game if you can’t see the blood and guts flowing out of their stomach? There were various bugs and issues that came with game that just made your experience even worse. However, because of this big fail, the same developers made another zombie game called Dying Light that is much better than the joke that Dead Island turned out to be.

Fable 3

Image: Lionhead Studios

Image: Lionhead Studios

When the people that were going to do the voices for the game were announced, people got excited. Those who were doing the voices, such as Ben Kingsley and Simon Pegg, really made gamers excited to immerse themselves into the game. I would think that the actual game would be interesting and would be something extraordinary in comparison to some of the celebrities involved.

In the end, it was just ordinary to say the least. The ‘road to rule’ mechanic that the developers implemented to make the leveling of your character more interesting didn’t work too well, and because it was one of the main features they focused on, it really made the rest of the game much worse. The reviews from players were that the game had nothing special in it and it was your usual dull and boring experience that leaves no memories behind.

Aliens: Colonial Marines

Image: Sega

Image: Sega

You don’t want to get me started on this awful piece of work that was issued by a top tier publisher by the name of Sega. This game had nothing good about it because it had awful graphics compared to the trailer that was released, which turned out to be a big hoax. The AI was dumber than a door knob and the multiplayer could be compared to the EA’s server standards.

It had the sound of a toy phone and provided very unbalanced gameplay which left many players hiding in their corners and asking GameStop for a refund. What amazes me is that some of the fans got so angry at the developers that they even filled out a lawsuit stating that the gameplay and graphics were nothing like the the trailer, and that they were lied to. I guess in the end, you can’t even trust the publishers we love.

Call of Duty : Ghosts



Call of Duty: Ghosts has been termed as the beginning of the end for the Call of Duty franchise, and not without reason. The game was supposed to be the first “next-gen” Call of Duty shooter, and the level of hype it generated pre-release was insane. However, the game, to put it bluntly, sucked. It was possibly one of the worst Call of Duty games to date and failed to utilize the latest hardware resources, looking like a low-budget game.

Don’t even get us started on the story, which was just a rip-off from many Hollywood movies and felt forced all the way. The multiplayer was also not up to standards, and overall, fans got very upset at the quality of the game. Ghosts paved the way for other poor quality Call of Duty titles and it’s just been a roller-coaster ride down for Activision ever since, at least with the Call of Duty franchise.